If you have ever looked at your workout clothes and shuddered a tiny bit….
Or you find yourself down in the dumps munching on cold celery while watching your best friend eat a big slice of chocolate cake…..
firstly, your friend is THE worst.
but secondly, you totally understand how much of a bummer eating well and working out can be sometimes.
Now, I KNOW how important a good diet and workout regimen is for us as human beings -- I think we all understand how crucial it is.
However, where the mind is willing, the soul can be (sometimes) weak.
and that is totally normal feeling to have.
As someone who writes about good eating and workout practices, I can tell you from experience that I have felt the icky dread feelings associated with healthy things.
But, I don’t let them stop me.
THAT is the difference between someone who is healthy and someone who refuses to get off the couch and binge watch Silicone Valley.
it’s all about motivation.
yeah, ok easier said than done, I know.
But, how can you gather the motivation to consistently kick ass and meet your health goals?
In this post and video, I will share with you my top 3 tips on how you can keep pumping yourself with motivation and get yourself in the right frame of mind to make the healthy choices for yourself.
Tip 1: Tap into your WHY
hah! You probably have heard me talk about this ad-nauseam. But I don’t care! It’s probably the biggest “secret sauce” to my goals. Understanding WHY I need to be healthy and curse and sweat like a banshee on my living room floor.
Your why is your emotional connection to your actions for working out, eating well/dieting, and losing weight. If you don’t have a good enough reason to want to work out, you are quickly going to lose steam.
Think of it like this.
If you see a loved one in a burning building, you will stop at nothing to burst into a dangerous fiery situation to save them. Right?
The same applies to your health.
We want to save our loved ones because…well…we love them and they strike a deep emotional connection with us. We are willing to put ourselves in strife and danger for their sake.
Now, thankfully, you won’t need to really worry about impending danger when it comes to maintaining your health goals (unless of course you are into that kind of thing…I suppose), but you will need to know how to emotionally connect with your intentions to be healthy.
Why do you want to be healthy? What gets you out of bed and into your workout gear?
This is a deep exercise that actually involves some forethought and energy, and I would suggest asking yourself “why” at least 5 times until you hit a deep emotional why. Avoid the surface “why” aka the why you would robotically answer when someone asks you why you’re at the gym or choosing to eat a kale salad. A deep “why” pulls at heart strings; a surface “why” is generic and a yawn fest.
A surface why: I want to workout because I want to look good (yawn)
A deep why: I want to workout because I want to love myself and play with my children so I don’t miss any moment with them (awww *tears*)
See what I mean?
Tip 2: Keep It Simple
I have heard so many women who are looking to lose weight tend to immediately dive into their healthy lifestyle, taking on too many changes in their workout or diet.
When there is too much change, you tend to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and will more likely give up quickly.
So, make small changes -- whether that be walking 30 minutes 3 times a week, or choosing to eat fruit instead of dessert. That’s it.
Tip 3: Pair a dreadful activity with a fun one
Don’t torture yourself, lady! Seriously!
Losing weight and changing your lifestyle can be painful enough.
So try to add fun activities to ones you don’t always look forward to doing. If you hate running, but need the cardio, why not add music to your runs? Or if you prefer to dance as cardio, do that! If you hate eating vegetables, why not add spices and get creative?
Honestly, this has been a game-changer for my diet, and really helps me stay satisfied!